JBuzz Features October 8, 2014: Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2014

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Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Guide for the Perplexed, 2014

Source: Algemeiner, 10-8-14

Sukkot starts on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt, the construction of the Holy Tabernacle, and the 40 year wandering in the Sinai Desert. Sukkot (סכות), and the Sukkah (סכה), which is a Jewish ritual hut, are named after the first stop of The Exodus – Sukkota  (סכותה)….READ MORE

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JBuzz Features October 3, 2014: Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2014‏

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Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2014‏

Source: Jewish Press, 10-3-14

Yom Kippur commemorates God’s forgiveness for the sin of the Golden Calf and God’s covenant with the Jewish people….READ MORE

JBuzz Features September 13, 2013: Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2013

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Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2013

Source: Algemeiner, 9-13-13

1.  Yom Kippur commemorates God’s forgiveness for the sin of the Golden Calf…

2.  Yom Kippur is a day of forgiveness only for sins committed against God….

3.  Yom Kippur’s focus on seeking forgiveness highlights humility….

4.  Yom Kippur is a Happy Jewish Holiday….

5. Yom Kippur is observed on the tenth day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, whose astrological sign is Libra (♎)….

6. Three holidays – Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot (Tabernacles) – are celebrated during the Jewish month of Tishrei…

7.  The first human being, Adam, was created on the first day of Tishrei…

8.  Yom Kippur and the Jubilee highlight liberty and the subordination to God….

9.  The Hebrew word Kippur כיפור  (atonement/repentance) is a derivative of the Biblical word Kaporet כפורת….

10. Yom Kippur calls for repentance – Teshuvah, תשובה in Hebrew….

11.  The Hebrew spelling of ”fast” (צם/צום) – abstinence from food – reflects the substance of Yom Kippur….

12.  The prayer of Veedooi -וידוי  (confession/reaffirmation in Hebrew) is recited ten times during Yom Kippur….

13.  A Memorial Candle, commemorating one’s parent(s), is lit during Yom Kippur….

14.  The Scroll of Jonas is read on Yom Kippur….

15.  A long sound of the Shofar (תקיעה גדולה) concludes Yom Kippur….READ MORE

JBuzz Features September 11, 2013: 10 things you probably don’t know about Yom Kippur

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10 things you probably don’t know about Yom Kippur

Source: Haaretz, 9-11-13

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 ‘Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur,’ by Maurycy Gottlieb, 1878. Photo by Wikimedia Commons

You may go to synagogue every Yom Kippur and have fasted religiously since you were knee-high to a Torah scroll, but do you really know the history of this holiest of days?…READ MORE

JBuzz News August 30, 2013: A Prayer of Atonement

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A Prayer of Atonement

Source: Huffington Post, 8-30-13

As we approach Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, Jewish congregations around the world confess their communal transgressions….READ MORE